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A humorous, intentionally morphologically opaque neologism coined by television writer David X. Cohen for The Simpsons episode “Lisa the Iconoclast” in 1996.



cromulent (comparative more cromulent, superlative most cromulent)

  1. (humorous) Fine, acceptable or correct; seamless, relevant, legitimate or authentic; the opposite of anomalous.
    • 1996 February 18, Matt Groening et al., “Lisa the Iconoclast”, in The Simpsons, season 7, episode 16:
      Mrs. Krabappel: "Embiggens"? I never heard that word before moving to Springfield.
      Ms. Hoover: I don't know why; it's a perfectly cromulent word.
      Principal Skinner: He's embiggened that role with his cromulent performance.
    • 2005 August 27, MC Frontalot (music), “Nerdcore Rising”, in Nerdcore Rising[1]:
      We consider the possibleness of this not overstated.
      And I know that "possibleness" is not a cromulent word;
      every syllable injected is intended to be the one you heard
      (an absurd juxtaposition of mission and goal).
    • 2006 April 10, “Obituaries and In Memoriams: Benjamin Sidney Linton”, in Charlotte Observer:
      He had a boundless passion for music and entertained many with his beautiful voice and perfectly cromulent sense of humor.
    • 2007 October 26, Polansky, Alan M., Observed Confidence Levels, Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall, ISBN 9781584888024, OL 12313827M, page 216:
      There are certainly other cromulent techniques which may perform well for certain models and assumptions.
    • 2008, Karp, David A., Windows Vista Annoyances, Sebastopol: O'Reilly, ISBN 9780596527624, OL 10781059M, page 505:
      Of course, you may encounter a new program that doesn't work reliably with UNC paths, and this is a perfectly cromulent workaround.
    • 2009 May 15, O'Sullivan, Bryan; Stewart, Don; Goerzen, John, Real World Haskell, Sebastopol: O'Reilly, ISBN 9780596514983, OL 22647856M, page 86:
      How well does this function work? For positive integers, it's perfectly cromulent.


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